Satire is the art of pretending to adopt a position you wish to ridicule and then, with apparent sincerity, aping opinions you consider absurd. A good satirist never drops his mask in public and leaves not a single chink in his characterisation. The trick is to go as far as possible without it ever being too obvious you’re acting the fool. In other words, ‘credibility’ is the key. Could it be possible that this noble art is being enacted by the current Director of “Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy” at the American Family Association, Bryan Fischer?
If so his daring comedic style extends to the following breath-taking nonsense, according to him, the bastards who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 were “agents of God’s wrath” because it is they who inspired “God Bless America” to be sung at Major League Baseball games. His topper to these edgy lines are that singing this song is “one of the reasons we haven’t been hit since 9/11.”
Now, Disinfo likes a laugh as much as anyone but even we’re a little unsure about all this. It’s possible his stuff wasn’t pre-prepared material as it reads a little like he’s riffing when going on to cover the recent horrific devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. From The Raw Story:
Bryan Fischer told his radio listeners that disasters were a “form of judgment on a nation.”
“Because the point is, God will often use a military adversary — like we ran into on 9/11 — God will often use a military adversary to chasten and humble his people for their sin and bring them to a place of repentance,” Fischer explained. “I think this is what was going on on 9/11, the larger issues that God had. The jihadist on 9/11 were the agents of God’s wrath in order to get our attention as a people.”
“Have we learned? I don’t know. I think we’ve learned in part,” he continued. “One of the things we’ve done is we’ve gone to prayer at the seventh inning of every Major League Baseball game in Los Angeles, in New York and during the playoffs, and we pray, ‘God Bless America… Guide us through the night with a light from above.’”
“That’s not something that happened before 9/11. So, that’s one of the outcomes of 9/11. You have tens of thousands of baseball fans converting arenas into centers for intercessory prayer, for God to watch over, bless and guide the United States of America. And I think one of the reasons we haven’t been hit since 9/11 is that we learned that lesson.”
One wonders what material he rejected prior to this peculiar outburst? Thoughts in the comments section as always.
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